The lack of female representation in comic book adaptations, especially in the merchandising for them, has been a problem for years now, and one that has caused an increasingly amount of (worthy) controversy every time it happens again. One of the biggest problems of recent memory as well, came in 2014 with Guardians of the Galaxy, a great film with two strong female characters (Nebula and Gamora) that were both shockingly absent from toys, merchandise, t-shirts, and even group shots of all the male Guardians together.
The absence even sparked a trending hashtag on Twitter at the time called #WheresGamora, with fans demanding more representation for the female characters in the movie, not only in the films themselves, but in the products sold from them as well.
It looks like director James Gunn is intent on making sure that doesn’t happen with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 next year though, replying to a question on Facebook, regarding whether or not the sequel would come with more Gamora toys, with a comforting answer:
I’m making sure this time around the female characters are more represented in the toy world. Not only Gamora, but Mantis, Nebula, and Elizabeth Debicki’s character as well.
Gunn isn’t the first director to step up and take a stand on this issue either, with J.J. Abrams even recently voicing his displeasure in the initial lack of Daisy Ridley’s Rey in a majority of The Force Awakens‘ merchandising, including her absence from the film’s tie-in Monopoly game, which in particular was quite astounding considering you know… she’s the main character of the movie.
With Abrams, Gunn, and several other filmmakers and studio execs addressing the issue over the past few months now as well though, it’s looking more and more like the lack of female toys for these major movies and blockbusters, may finally begin to change. It’s about damn time too.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to hit theatres on May 5th, 2017.
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